Thesis and Creative Project

Honors Research/Creative Project

An undergraduate research/creative project is a traditional mechanism to provide a capstone experience for undergraduates pursuing honors. In many instances, the research/creative project is a opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills one has acquired in their respective degree program. Research/Creative projects may differ substantially across disciplines, they typically involve a literature review, hypothesis development, research, data collection, data analysis, and thesis preparation. Students are required to develop a thesis proposal by taking  the Bumpers College Honors Program course on proposal development and research methods (AFLS 3413H).

Honors students and their mentors participating in the Honors Program may apply for research awards to support their Honors thesis project expenses as described in their research/creative proposal. Potential funding sources include the Bumpers College Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Grants, SURF Research Grants, and Honors College Research Grants.

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Thesis Examples

Forming your Thesis Committee

A student’s thesis committee must have a minimum of three members consisting of your Honors Faculty Mentor, an Honors Departmental Representative, and one or more additional members. Additional members can include but are not limited to University appointed teaching faculty, non UARK faculty (including faculty from overseas or from a different University), or a business professional in the students honors projects area of study.

Students are encouraged to select members for their committee who can provide insight to their honors project and who can be used a resource when completing their honors thesis.

A student’s thesis committee must be determined by the student and their faculty mentor before the completion of 90 credit hours. All committee members sign Form #2 - Thesis Proposal and Committee Selection, review the student’s thesis proposal and indicate their approval or disapproval of the student’s proposal. Committee members will be responsible for reviewing the student’s final thesis and final defense and examination.

Submitting your Honors Thesis to the UA Library 

All Honors students are required to submit a copy of their thesis to the UA library to be entered into the catalog of information. These theses will be searchable through the library information system and available world wide to anyone using the UA library system.  Students should submit their thesis to the library only after it has been approved by their committee and project mentor.

Students will need to complete the student contact information and a digitial author agreement and signature page which will generate a PDF to upload during the submission process in ScholarWorks as a supplementary file. 

Prior to submitting:

  1. Save your thesis as a Word or PDF document (Save as a PDF by using the "save as" function in your word processor and try to avoid scanning your thesis.)  Use CTRL+F to ensure that your PDF is searchable. 
  2. Have your Title, Abstract, Keywords, relevant Disciplines and any additional files ready in addition to the PDF version of the Online Submission Agreement ready.
  3. Follow the instructions for submitting your thesis electronically. 

Submitting your Research to the Discovery Journal

Undergraduates conducting research in cooperation with a faculty mentor are encouraged to submit their research to the Discovery Journal. Students who have received a Bumpers College Undergraduate Research Grant are expected to submit a paper based on their project.

Instructions on Submitting to the Discovery Journal


 Honors students can also apply to the Honors College for Research and Study Abroad  grants.